Cleanses are popular these days, and there are dozens out there to choose from. But more than just a passing fad, a body cleanse is a way to rid your body of unnecessary toxins and give it an overall reset.
You’re just finishing up what might be the best Thanksgiving dinner you’ve ever had when it happens. That burning feeling in your chest and throat. You think it won’t last long, but it persists and you start wondering what you could have done to avoid heartburn on Thanksgiving.
Heartburn happens when stomach acid flows backward into the esophagus. It can also go by two names: GER (gastroesophageal reflux) or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). GER is also known as acid indigestion, happening only once in a while. GERD is chronic heartburn that can lead to esophageal cancer if left untreated.
If you’re a heartburn sufferer, you’re not alone. Roughly 40 percent of us deal with heartburn, including half of all pregnant women, and almost all of us tie it to a particular food. So, if you don’t want it to ruin your holiday, here are some things you can do to avoid heartburn this Thanksgiving.
Your digestive tract is long—nearly 30 feet long. It’s also very important to your overall health. It works with other parts of your digestive system to break down the food you eat and the things you drink. The process ends, you guessed it—in the bathroom.
But with so much ground to cover, sometimes there are bumps in the road. About 60 million Americans are affected by digestive diseases, like gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. It happens when your stomach acid or contents come back up into your throat and cause heartburn and indigestion.
Here are some things you can do to pave the way to good digestion.
“Oh, it’s just heartburn.”
How often have you heard someone say that or maybe even thought it yourself? The reality is that heartburn (also called acid reflux) is more than just annoying. Left untreated, gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, symptoms can lead to esophageal cancer.
Let’s back up a step: Acid reflux, as most of us know, is that uncomfortable feeling that something you ate is coming back up. It can feel like a burning sensation—or even pain—behind the sternum. It happens when the contents in your stomach flow upward into the esophagus because the valve between the two organs doesn’t close properly.